Tagged: Carbon dioxide

Why carbon dioxide has such outsized influence on Earth’s climate - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Sep 16, 2019

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I heard that carbon dioxide makes up 0.04% of the world’s atmosphere. Not 0.4% or 4%, but 0.04%! … Read More

Why plants don’t simply grow faster with more carbon dioxide in air - Climate: Explained

Guest Author Aug 16, 2019

Climate: Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Carbon dioxide is a fertiliser for plants, so if its concentration increases in the atmosphere then plants will grow … Read More

40 years ago, scientists predicted climate change. And hey, they were right - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 23, 2019

Neville Nicholls, Monash University This month the world has been celebrating the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon. But this week sees another scientific anniversary, perhaps just as important for the future of civilisation. Forty years ago, a group of climate scientists sat down at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts for the first … Read More

Ocean acidification may have unexpected impacts - BioBlog

Alison Campbell Jan 20, 2019

A substantial proportion of the CO2 we release into the atmosphere, via burning fossil fuels, ends up dissolved in the ocean. The impact of this is a change in the ocean’s acidity: the pH drops. According to the Smithsonian, oceans have become substantially more acidic over the last 200 years (the period of the Industrial Revolution) – waaaay … Read More

Why methane should be treated differently compared to long-lived greenhouse gases - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 13, 2018

Dave Frame, Victoria University of Wellington; Adrian Henry Macey, Victoria University of Wellington, and Myles Allen, University of Oxford New research provides a way out of a longstanding quandary in climate policy: how best to account for the warming effects of greenhouse gases that have different atmospheric lifetimes. Carbon dioxide is a long-lived … Read More

Climate change could alter ocean food chains, leading to far fewer fish in the sea - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 26, 2018

Jefferson Keith Moore, University of California, Irvine This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Climate change is rapidly warming the Earth and altering ecosystems on land and at sea that produce our food. In the oceans, most added heat from climate warming is still near the surface and will take centuries … Read More

When we lose weight, where does it go? - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 15, 2018

Ruben Meerman, UNSW and Andrew Brown, UNSW This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how a kilogram of fat actually vanishes off the scales. Even the 150 doctors, dietitians and personal trainers we surveyed … Read More

NIWA Summer Series – Native forests suck in carbon dioxide - Unsorted

Guest Author Dec 22, 2017

New Zealand’s forests and other land areas may be absorbing up to 60% more carbon dioxide than has been calculated, with much of this uptake likely occurring in native forests. This research, revealed in February, and led by NIWA atmospheric scientists Drs Kay Steinkamp and Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, indicates that New Zealand’s forests absorb much more carbon dioxide than previously … Read More

Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 25, 2017

Danica-Lea Larcombe, Edith Cowan University The number of Australians living in high-rise apartments doubled between 1991 and 2011 and that trend has continued since then. The quarter-acre dream is fast disappearing and larger blocks and family gardens along with it. As more people move from country areas to the city and as land to build homes near … Read More

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